Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley 

20 years after a WW II court-martial, a vet pulls a gun on the ruthless attorney who defended him, when the cynical mouthpiece, who doesn't even remember his former client, refuses to see ... See full summary »

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J. Marvin Bean
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Edward Smalley
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Sergeant Myron Bender
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Major Charles Wheeler
Ron Hayes ...
Luther Hobbs
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Madelon Bauvais
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Cpl. Jack Osante (as John Alonzo)
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Webber (as Calvin Bartlett)
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Miss Mannis
Françoise Ruggieri ...
The B-Girl (as Francoise Ruggieri)
Charlotte Lavande ...
The Chanteuse
Bernard Kates ...
The Army Chaplain
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20 years after a WW II court-martial, a vet pulls a gun on the ruthless attorney who defended him, when the cynical mouthpiece, who doesn't even remember his former client, refuses to see him. So the shaken gunman recounts the story of accidentally fragging his commanding officer. Written by David Stevens

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12 December 1963 (USA)  »

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A misfire...
5 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Richard Crenna plays the title character, Edward Smalley. The show begins with him barging into the office of a lawyer, J. Marvin Bean and holding him at gunpoint we are shown a flashback from two decades earlier.

Smalley is a soldier in Europe during WWII and he appears to be suffering from something akin to PTSD. No one seems to notice this, even though Crenna REALLY lays it on thick as he plays the crazy as a jaybird Smalley. After a lot of overacting and bad acting, the jumpy Smalley is awoken by his sadistic sergeant and he reacts by stabbing the man to death. The rest of the show consists of his hot-shot lawyer (Bean) trying to save him from the firing squad.

The episode lost me for several reasons. First, it was super- obvious that Smalley was mentally ill yet no one talked about it at all during the trial. Huh?! Second, Crenna really overdid this aspect of the show. Subtle it was NOT. Third, the show really didn't seem to know what it was saying and the end just left me baffled. Not especially satisfying.


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